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Jeanne J. Holmes, PhD

Jeanne J. Holmes, PhD

Thursday, July 30, 2020 – 12:30 PM

Breaking Bad: Disrupting the Cycle of Ineffective Diversity Initiatives

After tracking the results of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives since the 1960s, the research shows that some of the most popular DE&I programs are counter-productive. Yet, organizations continue to implement and use them with little regard to their outcomes. Why does this happen? This discussion will explore what the research says and three innovative changes that our organizations must make in order to have real impact in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Learning Objectives
  1. Participants will understand which diversity programs are most likely to fail and why
  2. Participates will know which programs are most likely to succeed
  3. Participants will discuss three approaches to change the trajectory of diveristy programming and initiatives
Speaker Bio

Dr. Jeanne Holmes is the Director of the Employment Practice division for RiskVersity and an Adjunct Professor of Management at North Carolina Central University. After obtaining a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Miami University, Dr. Holmes earned an M.S. in Organizational Communication from NC State University and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. Jeanne’s professional background includes human resource management experience within the banking, insurance, and manufacturing industries. In addition, she is a former research fellow for the Department of Defense (Ft. Jackson element). As an expert in employee relations issues, Dr. Holmes is an international workshop facilitator and guest speaker on HR issues for HR practitioners, business leaders, government agencies, and academic audiences. She provides training solutions, selection processes, people analytics, investigation services, and more to both corporate and non-profit organizations. Her goal is to provide evidence-based interventions to help clients identify and mitigate risk among their greatest resourceРtheir employees. During her personal time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and son. In addition, Jeanne is a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo and Hapkido.

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